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Tenth graders examine the impact of the Great Depression on the United States. In groups, they use the internet to research the causes of the Great Depression and the effects of the Dust Bowl. To end the lesson, they compare and contrast the federal government's role before and after the Great Depression.
Students explore the concept of philanthropy. In this service learning lesson, students investigate the writing of the Constitution. Students also consider the services provided by the local, state, and federal governments.
Students identify the three branches of the federal government and their role in our government. They identify important events and accomplishments in the life of one president of the United States. Students identify the major national issues and events faced by the president and evaluate an event in the president's administration that showed the system of checks and balances at work.
Learners explore energy efficient appliances.  In this economics and ecology lesson, students compare and analyze EnergyGuide labels of various appliances.  Learners discuss federal government involvement with consumer awareness issues.  Students complete a related worksheet. to determine the "best buy" for several appliances. 
Pupils examine current events to identify levels of power in government. In this federalism lesson, students define federalism by writing examples and drawing a graphic. Pupils write lecture notes and determine which examples belong to each topic.
Students create a chart representing federal government spending and compare the amounts spent on various sectors and programs over a range of years.
Students explore relationship of United States federal government with Native American tribes in 20th Century Wisconsin, and complete document analysis worksheet.
Students identify three or more ways the Federal Government impacts their daily lives and then explore ways in which citizens can influence political leaders.
Students research the branches of government.  In this federal court system lesson, students use internet research and NoteFolio technology to research the structure and purpose of the federal courts.  In groups of three, they create a record of an assigned court system and create timelines. 
Seventh graders examine how to be active participants in their local, state, or federal governments. They create a powerpoint presentation and write a letter to one of their governmental representatives about a problem and solution of their choice.
Sixth graders discover details about the 3 branches of government. In this primary source analysis instructional activity, 6th graders examine documents and images from the Library of Congress to investigate the structure of the U.S. government.
Sixth graders design a symbol to symbolize George Mason, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington, and James Monroe, to commemorate their contributions to the U.S. Constitution. In this government lesson plan, 6th graders observe images of these men and discuss their importance.
Students investigate the Supreme Court's role and function in the federal government and examine how Chief Justice Rehnquist's illness might affect the future of the Court. They write letters to President Bush on the Supreme Court justice appointment.
Students examine the efforts of the federal government to address discrimination in the U.S. before and after WWII. They read and discuss two executive orders, complete a worksheet, and answer discussion questions.
Students investigate the federal budget and debt of the US. In this economics lesson, students analyze the federal budget through their own research. They may work in groups and present to the class.
Students examine the categories for federal spending using the internet to locate them. They create a list of expenditures noting them as government purchases or transfer payments. They analyze the patterns of spending during the past 40 years.
Students discuss tribal governments prior to federal rule.  In this tribal reorganization lesson, students listen to teacher presentation and write an essay utilizing the information from the lecture.
Students are introduced to the economic roles of the federal government. Using the internet, they read information related to government spending and the actual dollar amounts attached to budget items. In groups, they develop their own budget for the government and compare them with the actual budget. They also discuss the shifts in economic policy since the end of the Cold War.
Young scholars explore the interaction between the legislature and other governmental institutions. They watch videos exploring the relationship between the state legislature and two government institutions, and the role of lobbyists on legislative process.
Eighth graders examine the United States Constitution and identify the beliefs and values Americans follow today. In groups, they compare and contrast state's rights and federal rights and the issues affecting them. They debate the issue of education and how past Presidents have dealt with the problem. To end the lesson, they read primary and secondary sources to write a paper sharing their position on the topic.

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